Tuesday, November 1, 2011

World Vegan Day



World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on 1 November, by vegans around the world, and people who are supportive of veganism. The Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President and Chair of The Vegan Society UK. World Vegan Day marks the start of World Vegan Month every year, commemorating the coining of the term, 'vegan' and the founding of The Vegan Society in November 1944.

Find out how other people are celebrating through The Vegan Society Facebook page.

Why vegan?

Vegans avoid using animals for any reason.

Over 1 billion animals are killed for food every year in the UK alone. Male calves and chicks are often destroyed at less than one day old. Other animals have feelings and preferences similar to ours so their exploitation causes much suffering.

Farming animals for food is wasteful. The global livestock industry is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions and uses enough calories to feed 3.5 billion humans per year. Each time you have a plant-based lunch, you'll reduce your carbon footprint by the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets. For dinner you save 2.8 pounds and for breakfast 2.0 pounds of emissions. If you have a veggie meal instead of a red-meat lunch like a ham sandwich or a hamburger, you shrink your carbon footprint by almost 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. 133 gallons of water conserved at lunch versus the average American lunch. Don't forget the land you save from deforestation, over-grazing, and pesticide and fertilizer pollution: about 24 square feet at lunch.

I'm not 100% vegan, though I'd like to be. Even if you’re not a vegan nor plan to become one, consider eating at least one meal this week without animal products. Or find and buy a vegan wine to enjoy!

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Vegan_Day
http://www.vegansociety.com/News-And-Events/world-vegan-day/
http://www.pbjcampaign.org/numbers

5 comments:

  1. Oh gosh this makes me nervous but it shouldn't because I love the idea of not eating animal products and can easily do vegetarian. But my beloved eggs!

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  2. Huh - I thought "vegan" was an Indian word for "poor hunter"

    But what do I know.

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  3. I tried out being vegan for a week. It was a good experience but not for me. On occasion I still have vegan meals or day.

    Merril makes vegan shoes. I was suprised when I first learned being vegan reaches far beyond food.

    Buying and eating local seasonal foods is a great way to inject $ into the local community and reduce carbon footprint. Amazing how many calories are burned transporting food vs. the calories in the food, can be up to something like 10 to 1.

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  4. Love that this is happening today! I set a goal of Nov 1st to start training again (which also means totally vegan)- great sign for the day!

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  5. World Vegan Day - for those who feel like the celebration of the Day of the Dead isn't enough.

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